Consultation open 27 October – 3 December 2018

In a major earthquake we will all rely on emergency services being able to help. To respond, life-saving services must be able to continue operating and get to the places where they are most needed.

We need your help to identify the important traffic and pedestrian routes in our District, so we can priority strengthening work on, or demolition of, earthquake-prone buildings. Strengthening or demolition of priority buildings will save lives. It will also keep our strategic transport routes open so critical services can continue operating.


On 1 July 2017, the system for identifying and managing earthquake-prone buildings changed.

The new system prioritises the identification and remediation of earthquake-prone buildings that either pose a high risk to the public, or are critical to recovery in an emergency. These buildings are called ‘priority buildings’.

Certain hospitals, emergency and education buildings that are earthquake prone are likely to be priority buildings. Some other buildings may also be priority buildings due to their location, and the potential impact on people of their failure in an earthquake.

Before we identify the priorty buildings, we need to determine the key roads, footpaths, other thoroughfares and strategic routes in our District.

Proposed priority routes

We’ve identified several routes we believe should be prioritised. Some are important because they have high pedestrian or vehicle traffic volumes, as well as the potential for part of an unreinforced masonry building to fall. Others have been suggested because they are likely to be used by emergency services and have the potential to be blocked by falling masonry. We’ve used the Nelson Tasman Civil Defence Emergency Management’s assessment of Lifelines infrastructure to help us.

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